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Nevada Mule Deer Hunting 2023

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Hunters in Nevada really struggled the last couple years to harvest big bucks. There were a handful of 200" type bucks harvested in 2022. Except for a few units, the statewide population and age class are down. This winter has been great, and Nevada is receiving more moisture than it has in a long time. Unfortunately, there have been some die-offs occurring due to the amount of snow. As of now, it does not sound too bad, but once the snow melts, we will find out how much occurred. If this moisture continues through the spring, any of the mature bucks left in the state should have great antler growth for the upcoming season.

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Nevada has some great genetics, and on good moisture years like this, it can really produce some great bucks. Southeastern Nevada is the more popular area when it comes to trophy class bucks. These units typically have lower tag numbers, great genetics, and thick enough cover for bucks to grow old. The units in Northeastern Nevada are producing some great bucks as well and should be looked at for an opportunity at 150-170"+ bucks. If you are looking for a 180" buck, you should stick to our top picks unless you have inside information on where a big buck is.

Nevada Mule Deer Season Dates

Nevada has been in a drought for a number of years, and it really affected the deer numbers. Just look at our tables and compare how many tags were issued in 2020 to what was issued last year. You can see that Nevada is taking steps to try to turn their deer herd around. Hopefully the tag cuts will help with improving age class. Nevada also changed all the resident youth deer tags to buck only in all units of the state except 061-068, 071-079, and 101-109. By eliminating the doe hunts in those areas, it will help with herd growth.

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Nevada has one of the earliest archery seasons in the West. It’s a great time to be chasing velvet bucks. Most units’ seasons start out with a month-long archery hunt that begins August 10th followed by a three-week muzzleloader season that runs into October. Several units have split rifle hunts (early and late) and two-week seasons, with some exceptions. Most of the northwest units have an extended month-long season from October 5th to November 5th to allow hunters more opportunity to harvest in units that have lower deer densities. Units 101-109, 171-173, and 221-223 have three different rifle seasons. There are quite a few other units with different season dates than the normal ones, which allows some premium hunt dates for all weapons. The wide variety of hunts offered during different times of the year provides plenty of opportunities to fit a hunt into your schedule.

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Nevada’s deer population, like all other states, is tied to suitable habitat. With the dry, arid climate that encompasses much of the state, it’s understandable that deer densities are not as high as other western states. Even in Nevada’s top units, mature bucks can be difficult to find, so prepare for a long hunt regardless of the trophy potential of that unit and know that a great buck can come from almost any unit in the state.

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Nevada Deer Application Deadline

The Nevada application deadline is May 10, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. (PDT).

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Up-Front Fees
Hunt/Fish Combo License (365-day license) $156
Youth Hunt/Fish Combo License (365-day license) $16
Application Fee (all species except elk) $14
Silver State Tag Application Fee (all species except elk) $24
PIW Application Fee $11
Bonus Point Only Fee $11
Post Draw Fees (if successful)
Deer (regular draw tag) $241


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